Research Report Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships
Lessons Learned from an Evaluation of Aggression Management Programs for Youth
Cathy Hu, Samantha Harvell, KiDeuk Kim, Emily Tiry
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Researcher-practitioner partnerships can meaningfully shape policy and practice. In 2015, the Urban Institute collaborated with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice to evaluate aggression management programs for medium- and high-risk youth in a Virginia correctional facility. This brief is a case study of that evaluation, discussing the challenges and strengths of the researcher-practitioner partnership and summarizing lessons learned. Key takeaways include the following: (1) ensuring researchers and practitioners are interested in the research question and approach is key to securing buy-in and commitment from both groups; (2) researchers and practitioners approach problems differently, which can produce challenges and successes; (3) researchers and practitioners should each be adaptable to the other’s goals and methods, because practical limitations and challenges are bound to occur and require compromise; and (4) researchers and practitioners must communicate openly and frequently to maintain an effective and collaborative relationship and to complete research projects efficiently and with fidelity.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Children and youth
Tags Delinquency and crime
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center